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  • zulily update
    6 days ago

    How we've preserved the chaotic and creative culture zulily had at startup.

    How zulily maintains a startup vibe as a public company

    After Darrell Cavens helped take Blue Nile, the Seattle-based online diamond company, public in 2004 as CTO, he and founder Mark Vadon decided to launch zulily, an e-commerce kids' clothing company, in 2009.

  • zulily update
    18 days ago

    We're excited to be included in this list of new apps bringing Apple Pay to customers:

    Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay

    SAN FRANCISCO--()--Apple® today announced Apple Pay™ is making everyday payments even better by adding support for rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9. Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the US, expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall.

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zulily – Why Work For Us?


We're a team building a great brand by delivering an amazing customer experience every day. We live by these values, and we're always looking for new team members who can share them.

Are you up for the opportunity to be part of something fantastic? That's exactly what we have to offer. Founded in Seattle, Washington, in 2009, zulily is an exciting place to work. It's like no place else!

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People who thrive on innovation flourish at zulily. We're dedicated to customer care, to technology, and to creating an amazing shopping experience. Together, we achieve incredible results by exceeding the expectations of our customers - and ourselves - every day.

When you visit zulily's offices, expect to discover an energetic environment. As you walk around, you might see photo studios buzzing with activity. You might see boxes filled with tutus. You'll definitely see people working hard, and laughing hard too.

Interested in working at zulily but don't see a perfect opening to match your skills? That's okay! You never know what will pop up, so we want to hear from you. We're always looking for new members to join the zulily team.

To see all open positions, visit us at http://www.zulily.com/careers


Darrell Cavens | CEO
Prior to starting zulily, Darrell most recently spent a year at Microsoft, and almost nine years at Blue Nile. Darrell started at Blue Nile in 1999, just a few months after the company was founded. There he worked in various roles, most recently as senior vice president of marketing and technology. Prior to joining Blue Nile, Darrell spent a number of years at Starwave, a Seattle-based Internet company, working on large web properties like ESPN.com and ABCNews.com. Before moving to Seattle, Darrell worked as a project manager and consultant at Ingenia Communications in Canada. Darrell has a seven-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son that keep him entertained and busy when he is not working.

Luke Friang | CIO
Luke was most recently vice president and chief information officer at drugstore.com, inc. where he oversaw all aspects of technology strategy, planning, development and operations. Prior to drugstore, he was senior director of e-commerce technologies at Costco Wholesale, Inc. and held a variety of roles at The Spiegel Group and its associated companies, including Eddie Bauer and The Spiegel Catalog. At Eddie Bauer, he served as director of Internet technologies and was responsible for the development of www.eddiebauer.com in 1999 and 2000. Luke serves on the board of directors for the WTIA (Washington Technology Information Association), enjoys playing competitive football and coaching teams for his twelve-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son.

Bob Spieth | COO
Bob comes to zulily from OHL, a third-party logistics company, where he served most recently as President of Contract Logistics and previously as CIO. Earlier in his career, Bob worked for McKinsey & Company and Arrow Electronics, and served as an officer in the US Army. He holds an AB in Physics from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and their two twenty-something daughters.

Lori Twomey | Chief Merchant
Lori was most recently the president of Charming Direct/Crosstown Traders, where she launched the Lane Bryant Woman catalogue in 2007. Prior to joining Crosstown Traders, she spent 16 years with Eddie Bauer in merchandising, product development and new business development, most recently as GMM of Eddie Bauer Direct. Lori loves to spend time in the outdoors, especially running marathons and half marathons.

Dave Atchison | Senior Vice President, Marketing
Dave joins us from RedEnvelope, where he was the head of marketing and analytics. Before working at RedEnvelope, Dave was the director of marketing for ProvideCommerce (ProFlowers). Previously, Dave founded a startup in the digital media space and spent a number of years as a strategic consultant for several Fortune 1000 companies. Dave and his wife recently welcomed a new addition to their family, a baby girl, and look forward to all the joys of parenthood (and eventually sleeping through the night).

Colleen McKeown | Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Prior to joining zulily as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Colleen was most recently the global VP of HR at Fluke, a Danaher company. Her previous experience includes a variety of senior level positions in sales, human resources, and labor relations in some of the nation’s largest companies, such as PepsiCo, Ford Motor Company, eFunds, and Northwest Airlines. Colleen keeps busy with two teenage daughters. Her family enjoys spending their free time together traveling and gardening, and they consider shopping a bona fide hobby (on zulily of course!).​​​

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zulily Reviews

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    Great place for software builders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at zulily full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    From the CEO on down, there is a very strong bias for building our own software solutions which is great for developers. Very little chance of you getting stuck integrating an off-the-shelf product, and there is always momentum of refactoring away the legacy stuff.

    "If you're not making mistakes, you're not moving fast enough." Within reason, you are genuinely allowed to make mistakes, i.e. cause production outages, and not be punished for it, which fosters an aggressive, non-bureaucratic dev culture even as the company grows. The conversation is a mature "How do we prevent it from happening again?"

    Still a small tech org, relative to Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Your voice can be heard, and your work will have measurable impact.

    If you're a technical person reading these reviews, you should parse the tech reviews from the merch, studio, and reviews of non-tech positions. Tech is very much a culture within the culture, and our pro/cons differ from non-tech.

    Cons

    Stock price is low at a time when competitors' stock price seems to be growing. The company is making legit moves to keep the handcuffs golden but they aren't as golden as they were a year ago.

    Product Manager/Program Manager hiring hasn't kept up, which means that devs and dev managers are often pulling requirements out of the business and shepherding projects. Some amount of that is normal but at a certain point, devs shouldn't cat-herding as much.

    Some devs don't tolerate being oncall as well as others. Worth asking about frequency of your oncall week.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out our customers and figure out Wall Street. A big ask, I realize, but that 2013-2014 buzz was intoxicating in a very motivating way and we're even better equipped now for that level of hypergrowth.


zulily Interviews

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at zulily (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    Phone screen with recruiter, follow up phone screen with hiring manager, then brought in for in person interview. Met 6 people, for 30 - 40 minutes each. Got a good feel for the expected pace and team dynamic. Positive over-all experience.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you influence people when you have a major road block in your way?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Starting offer was very low. Strong negotiation skills required to move the needle.

zulily Awards & Accolades

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Favorite 50 (Online Retailers), National Retail Federation, 2014
Venture Capital Award of Excellence, Ernst & Young, 2014
Next Tech Titan, GeekWire, 2013
Startup Deal of the Year, GeekWire, 2013
Tech Impact Award (Consumer/Retail), Seattle Business Magazine, 2012
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Additional Info

Website www.zulily.com
Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2009
Type Company - Public (ZU)
Industry Retail
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Gilt Groupe, ideeli, Rue La La

zulily is a retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day—all at incredible prices. zulily is fast-paced, data-driven and down to earth company with unique and challenging tech problems to solve. Mostly moms shop here, but all kinds of smart people work here.

Founded in 2009 and launched in early 2010, zulily (lower case z) went public in November of... More

Mission: We're creating something different.
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